Turning Pointe School of Dance, A Christian Ministry was founded in 1999 with two guiding principles: Christian faith development and dance excellence. Founder Lara Bremer Faucher chose the name Turning Pointe and its mission statement, “preparing the dancer in body and spirit to glorify God through artistic excellence.” The ministry was set up as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization under the guidance of a Board of Directors.
The school started in 1999 with twenty-three students in a room at the Vineyard Church in Holland, Michigan and expanded to rented space in the old Lincoln School in 2001. In 2003 Turning Pointe moved to its current location on 136th Street in Holland which houses three dance studios with sprung floors, a costume studio and the administrative offices. A satellite location in Hudsonville was opened to meet customer demand in 2007. The satellite location, located inside Fair Haven Ministries Church, has sprung floors and portable barres. In 2013 Soli Deo Gloria Contemporary Ballet, Turning Pointe’s professional company, was established. Its mission statement is “refreshing the heart, soul and mind through the art of dance.”
Founder Lara Bremer Faucher served as Artistic Director from 1999 until 2014. Rick Faucher joined the ministry in 2003 and served as Executive Director until 2014. Due to God’s great provision, during this time the school grew to nearly 400 dancers. The annual December performance of The Promise was started soon after the school began and has become a beloved Christmas season tradition in West Michigan.
The Board of Directors launched a visioning process in 2015 to discern God’s will in the future growth and direction of Turning Pointe. A mission statement for the overall ministry was developed for the current and any future components of the ministry. The Turning Pointe Ministries mission statement is “serving God through artistic excellence.” The mission statements for the school and professional division were reaffirmed by the board and did not change.
Led by Director Debra Burr, Turning Pointe Ministries consists of Turning Pointe School of Dance and Soli Deo Gloria Contemporary Ballet. The school, which serves three locations—Holland, Hudsonville, and iCademy Global/Innocademy in Zeeland, has three divisions: Children’s, Elective and Training with many different types of dance being taught—Classical Ballet, Pointe, Men’s, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Christian Hip Hop. The school produces two large-scale, ticketed ballets (10 performances annually) and three year end Showcases. The professional company, led by Artistic Director Alyssa Coeman, consists of six local dance missionaries sharing the love of Jesus Christ across the state of Michigan with at-risk youth, prison inmates, churches, the elderly, and with the younger dancers in the school.
Over the years, Turning Pointe’s graduating young women and men have secured positions as paid dancers in professional ballet companies, dance company administrators and dance teachers and have used the discipline and time management skills gained through their dance training in the fields of Architecture, Education, Law, Mathematics, Medicine and in the Mission Field. These young men and women have grown in their faith and learned to give testimony of God’s work in their lives by integrating their love for dance with their faith.
As a Board, we are truly humbled, honored, and thankful for the responsibility of steering this wonderful ministry, which is making an eternal impact for the Kingdom. We are eager to see what God has planned for the Turning Pointe Ministry in the next 15 years.Bob Soeters, Board President